As if panic attacks aren’t bad enough on their own, it can often be questioned if panic attacks can also cause a migraine. A panic attack is a form of anticipatory anxiety that leads to having moments of extreme anxiety in specific situations. A migraine is an intense pain normally at one side of the head, and frequently behind one eye. A person suffering from a migraine typically has an intense headache and an overpowering feeling of nausea.
Can A Panic Attack Give You A Migraine? The answer to this is that it possibly can. But it may not be a direct cause but rather an indirect cause. People who suffer from panic attacks typically suffer from generalized anxiety. Then, people who suffer from generalized anxiety may sometimes eat various comfort foods. It is these comfort foods (and drinks,) which may be the triggers for a migraine.
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So while it could be argued that panic attacks don’t directly cause a migraine, it could also be strongly debated that without the panic attacks, the sufferer may not succumb to have a migraine at all.
How To Avoid A Migraine If You Suffer From Panic Attacks
If you read the opening three paragraphs of this post, then it may already be fairly clear how to avoid having a migraine. But saying it and doing it are two very different things.
When my own generalized anxiety was at its worst in the past, I am certainly aware that I ate comfort foods. This is very understandable as having generalized anxiety (GAD,) is so depressing that you simply feel like cheering yourself up with some yummy foods now and again.
By eating yummy foods, however, can then lead to becoming overweight. Carrying around excess body fat itself can increase the symptoms of panic attacks. Plus of course, if you are also eating migraine-trigger foods, then you are setting yourself up for two major health problems.
Common Trigger Foods and Drinks That Can Cause A Migraine:
- Red Wine
- Matured Cheeses
- Alcohol in General
- Processed Meats Such As HotDogs and Processed Ham
- Aspartame, And Other Artificial Sweeteners
- MSG (Monosodium Glutamate.) Commonly found in Chinese Foods
- Snack Foods (again typically related to MSG.)
- Caffeine. This Includes Coffee, Cola, and Even Tea
- Dyes for Food Coloring
- Fatty Types of Foods
- Various Nuts
- Citrus Fruits and Citrus Juice Drinks
- Ice Cream
If you read through the list above, you’ll see how easy it is to grab any one of these foods or drinks when you want some comfort food!
Pretty much all of the foods and drinks that we yearn for when we fancy a psychological pick-me-up, contain migraine-giving ingredients.
So What Foods and Drinks Can I Have To Avoid Having A Migraine?
Here are your best options:
- Buy fresh foods, rather than processed foods. Stear-clear of the shopping aisle’s that contain pre-packaged foods or canned foods. You can still have tasty foods, but make the meals and snacks yourself. Avoid adding ingredients that contain MSG or any of the other ingredients shown in the first list shown above.
- Make your own sauces to liven up your meals. Try using natural ingredients in your sauces and check the ingredients lists on packets if you purchase any pre-mixed spices.
- Buy frozen foods rather than canned foods. Many canned foods also contain Monosodium Glutamate.
- Cut down (or eliminate,) eating out. Eating at fast-food places or even at restaurants exposes you to foods where you can’t be sure of the ingredients. When you eat at home you can make sure that what goes into your food, is only the safe stuff!